Tropical Punch: George Barbier & Dr. Seuss skip town!

Out of all the trends mentioned in diaNoche Living, Tropical Punch is the one you’ll probably see less of, however, what it lacks in quantity it makes up in quality (or character[s]).

Think:  Hawaiian/tropical flavor with really bold surfer colors and silhouettes.  Tiki inspired, bold prints with touches of neon.  Key colors are orange, watermelon, tangerine, and grass green with black as the base color.

Accessories:  Flat sandals, strappy  sandals, embellished details, rafia soled wedges (see below), enamel accessories, layered necklaces, shiny crystals, plastic bracelets, colored eyewear, neon rope belts, patterned scarves and last but not least turbans.

Giuseppe Zanotti rafia wedge sandal


Pantone colors from left to right: Vermillion Orange, Mock Orange, Aurora, Fandango Pink & Online Lime.

The key designers who each had a different take on “Tropical Punch” (a conversation singled out by trend forecast firm, Fashion Snoops) were Dior, Prada and Stella McCartney.  Stella’s collection left you feeling happy and satiated as if you just gulped down a cold glass of fresh lemonade, ready to lay back down on a bed of warm grass:

Dior’s pinup muses strut down the runway wearing bold colors such as vibrant (almost neon) tangerines, turquoise and fuchsia, tropical inspired prints, crochet knits with sailor caps and exotic colored feather accessories.

Throw in a drunken mad sailor and you have Galliano’s last show.

While Prada took on a whole new direction.

I know fashion gurus all over the world read this blog as scripture (that was a joke) but I don’t want this to be read as fact; it is merely my interpretation of the collection.  For all I know Miuccia Prada could have been inspired by a basket of bananas and that Chiquita’s* irresistible figure.   Believe it or not I’m inspired by random things like that all the time.

*Dik Browne,  who created Chiquita Banana, is the same artist who created Hagar the Horrible comic strip.

However, the closer I looked at Prada’s SS11 collection the more I saw George Barbier’s paintings come to life (watch this).

The hand drawn style scrolls…

…the stripes and shoes…

… the short, modern hair cuts..

all with a dash of Dr. Seuss inspired accessories that scream, “I don’t care, I just came to play.”

Even though these trends are unique from the rest (well, some more so than others) the message is consistent throughout: have fun, play and explore.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own.
And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

-Dr. Seuss

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7 Responses to Tropical Punch: George Barbier & Dr. Seuss skip town!

  1. Fritz says:

    That Galliano looks like Pippi Longstocking crossed with Redbeard the Pirate!~ ugh.
    I think we are both inspired by random beauty. Its funny to see Tropical Punch come back, it was like really big in 1978, only then Dior wouldn’t have touched it. You were only a glimmer in Uncle Mike’s eye..
    Really love the Prada with the George Barbier scrolls!~

    • Veronica says:

      Fred, I love how you love fashion, my dearest most stylish cousin. I miss you; let’s go have more delicious French food! Or maybe a flight in Georgetown?

  2. Jesse says:

    this style is hott. i just bought this bright orange maxi dress that’s covered in a white grecian print with a rope-style belt. i’m pretty much in love with it and i’m thinking of accessorizing it with my double strand white turquoise necklaces and brown gladitor sandals, what do you think? oh and maybe the feather hair accessory made by my friend kristin.

    • Veronica says:

      Jesse, you’d look amazing in this outfit. Is it possible for me to do your makeup? My sister sent me an article from Italy about green eyeshadow and peach lips. SSOOOO beautiful!

  3. A to the C says:

    I want the green striped Prada dress. I also want that guy’s braids!!

  4. Veronica- So enjoyed the Prada video! My favorite Tropical Punch interpretation – especially those amazing graphic hats!


  5. The Zhush says:

    I just had to pop in and read your lovely blog after seeing the nicest tribute to it over at Apples and Rubies! Loved your take on tropic and Dr. Seuss inspired fashion…I knew the Prada spring line seemed familiar! Thanks for drawing the Dr. Seuss connection for me:) I think I need some more playful accessories in my life!

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